A few weeks ago, we went on a walk from Aberlady to North Berwick. We chose the coastal path which was about 10 miles in total and despite the overcast conditions, it was an amazing experience and we saw quite a few interesting things on the way.
Starting from Aberlady, the walk to the beach begins with a barren expanse of land dotted with a few trees.
Once we got to the beach, we found what is quite possibly the smallest “Loch” in Scotland (or maybe it was just a puddle).
The uninhabited island of Fidra looms quietly along the way, home to numerous sea birds and a lighthouse.
The walk is quite nice for other activities.
Finally, at North Berwick we got some amazing views of Bass Rock (the Scottish Alcatraz) at sunset.
One can walk beyond North Berwick along the coast towards Tantallon Castle. By then, we were all tired and hungry so we all headed towards the nearest restaurant.
The Pentland Hills, located at the South-West of Edinburgh, provide excellent hill walking and hiking opportunities easily accessible from the city. Spread over an area of 90 km² (35 sq mi), it has over 100 km of waymarked routes. These go through a multitude of terrain types, covering everything from a leisurely stroll to demanding hikes across the Hills.
On a cold day in January, we decided to take a quick trip (an eight hour walk) along one of these routes and these are some of the sights we enjoyed along the way.
When you’re in the park, it is quite easy to forget that there is a city nearby.
As you can see, there was quite a decent amount of snow on the Hills that day. We went back a week later and most of it was gone.
These Hills, due to their proximity to Edinburgh, provide a wonderful escape for city-dwelling nature lovers.
For more information about what The Pentland Hills Regional Park offers, see here and here.